Jackson County Chamber Spotlight: Project Management Solutions Group offers full-service consultingJanuary 03, 2016 Interview with Mike Ward, president and CEO of Project Management Solutions Group Why did you go into business?
I went into business because it was suggested that there was greater beneﬁt in me being a business owner than an employee. I was interviewing for positions with various companies, and I was informed more than once that I was overqualiﬁed for the positions for which I was applying. As a service-disabled veteran, I was encouraged to begin a company, and it became one of the best decisions of my life. Project Management Solutions Group (PMSG) is now a certiﬁed minority business enterprise, and we are also certiﬁed as a service disabled veteran-owned business.
ABOVE AND BEYONDMichael Ward is president and chief executive officer of Project Management Solutions Group an enterprise project management firm that specializes in IT, telecommunications, business operations, construction, healthcare and real estate. Ward grew up in St Louis, Missouri and attended Charles H. Sumner High School—the oldest African American high school in St. Louis. During his time there, he became a swimmer. Ward cites being an African American swimmer, a rarity in his time, as helping him to become who he is today. “Coming from where I’m from and being able to do something that is above and beyond yourself, gave way for more opportunities and a different mindset,” says Ward.
Small Business Monthly Project Management Solutions GroupFebruary, 2011 In 2005, when Mike Ward’s brother called to tell him that his mother was passing away, he immediately got on a plane from Phoenix to St. Louis. “My mother ended up holding on for a few more months and we had the opportunity to talk out some issues, so I was at peace when she left,” says Ward. “I had been here so long that anything I had going on in Phoenix was over.” So Ward decided to build a career in St. Louis. “My experience was usually as good as or better than the person interviewing me,” he says. “One person in particular said, ‘I can’t hire you, but I can do business with you. You’re a minority and a vet. Go to the Secretary of the State Office and get an LLC. Then come back and we’ll do business.’ So out of frustration, that’s what I did.”
Business JournalMike Ward expanding his business throughout the Magnolia State by Alan Turner Published: August 16 ,2013 Although his company has grown up in St. Louis, Mike Ward, president and CEO of Project Management Solutions Group, still has some roots in Mississippi. Now, he wants to expand his business to the Magnolia State. His company takes on government and private sector project management assignments, and he’s worked with the Veterans Administration, the Corps of Engineers, Homeland Security, and other agencies. In a recent conversation, he discussed why he likes Mississippi as a business location. “I’d say Mississippi is ideally positioned for doing business throughout the South,” he said . “I see a lot of advantages in doing business here – people have a great work ethic, the state is growing, and there are lots of opportunities .” Ward is presently looking to open an office in Mississippi and expects to be working on projects in the state in the next year or so. “I love my work,” he said . ” Being able to work in strategic planning, creating a vision, and then make things work as they’re supposed to – that’s what I thrive on.”
February 3, 2016
Project Management Solutions hiringProject Management Solutions Group, which has offices in Pascagoula, Jackson and Mobile, is looking to hire 30 personnel by April. SUN HERALD Project Management Solutions Group, which has offices in Pascagoula, Jackson and Mobile, is looking to hire 30 personnel by April. Since establishing offices in Jackson, followed by Pascagoula and now Mobile, the company has made an effort to become informed about the planning objectives of each city and the needs of the communities. The company’s presence on the Gulf Coast comes after providing prime contractor services to Fortune 500 companies within the Southeast, successfully securing multi-million dollar contracts as a prime contractor.
Business Journal September 15, 2009 Project Management to construct medical building The project has an estimated completion date of August 2010, the Pentagon said late Monday. Project Management Solutions Group has hired Holland Construction, of Swansea, Ill., and Project Controls Group, of St. Louis, as subcontractors, said Project Management President and Chief Executive Mike Ward. The project will boost Project Management’s revenue to $8 million in 2009, up from $1.85 million in 2008, Ward said. “We’re having a great year,” he said. Project Management Solutions Group manages projects and specializes in construction, IT and telecommunications.
South Mississippi Magazine Project Management Solutions Group Comes to Mississippi By Cecily Cummings 2014 One of the first things you will notice about Michael (Mike) Ward, President and CEO, Project Management Solutions Group (PMSG), is that he has a look of determination, confidence, and sincerity. PMSG has opened a new location in Biloxi and Jackson MS, bringing to our region a multiple award winning enterprise program and project management firm. What this means is that we have attracted one of the best professional services firms that not only makes a commitment to veterans, but also brings diversity and expertise for our local businesses to prosper. As a Service Disabled Veteran of The United States Coast Guard, Mike makes it his priority to employ other veterans and proves it with over 90 percent of the company comprised of veterans. “Veterns have great work ethics. They have military training and bring these strong principles to their work ” Mike says. “They are reliable, organized, and result-driven.”
Small Business Monthly Article 2011 Mike Ward Project Management Solutions Group In 2005, when Mike Ward’s brother called to tell him that his mother was dying, he immediately got on a plane from Phoenix to St. Louis. “My mother ended up holding on for a few more months, and we had the opportunity to talk out some issues, so I was at peace when she left,” says Ward. “I had been here so long that anything I had going on in Phoenix was over.” So Ward decided to build a career in St. Louis, but finding a position to suit his qualifications was more difficult than he anticipated. “My experience was usually as good as or better than the person interviewing me,” he says. “One person in particular said: ‘I can’t hire you, but I can do business with you. You’re a minority and a vet. Go to the secretary of the state office and get an LLC. Then come back and we’ll do business.’ So out of frustration, that’s what I did.”
The St. Louis American November 15-21, 2012 Project Management Solutions Group Project Management Solutions Group is an enterprise project management firm that handles IT, telecommunications, business operations, supply-chain logistics, real estate and construction – then puts people and smaller businesses to work. Michael Ward is president and CEO of Project Management Solutions Group, based in St. Louis and the Metro East. He started the firm in June 2005 after a 22-year career in the Coast Guard. According to Ward, “We hire veterans. Veterans only. There are a lot of opportunities out there.” Ward said “We get the opportunity, then hire nothing but veterans – veterans know how to get the job done. We do discovery, figure out what is going on, what it will take to get the objectives accomplished, then we hire a team around the project.”
The St. Louis American September Local Business IN YOUR BUSINESS: Michael Ward makes opportunities for veterans and their businesses By Chris King of The St. Louis American Wednesday, September 8, 2010 11:43 PM CDT Like Uncle Sam, Michael Ward is looking for a few good men and women and the companies they own. “We hire veterans,” Ward said. Then he repeated, for emphasis: “We hire veterans. Veterans only. There are a lot of opportunities out there.” Ward is president and CEO of Project Management Solutions Group, based in St. Louis and the Metro East. He started the firm in June 2005 after a 22-year career in the Coast Guard; he said the firm will do $6.8 million in business this year.